Dolce Gusto Eclipse

Name: Eclipse
Brand: Dolce Gusto
Type: Capsules
Operation: Automatic
Capacity: 1 litre

De'Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse Touch, Single Serve Capsule Coffee Machine, EDG736S, Silver
De'Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse Touch, Single Serve Capsule Coffee Machine, EDG736S, Silver
Automatic opening - press on/off icon; Machine automatically opens to beverage preparation position

As every year, when autumn arrives, Dolce Gusto launches its new models of capsule coffee machines for the following Christmas campaign. In 2016 it was the turn of the spectacular Dolce Gusto Eclipse, which was accompanied by the Dolce Gusto Movenza take over from the Drop and Stelia models as 2015 exponents of the Dolce Gusto automatic coffee machine range.

If you would like to know our reviews on the Dolce Gusto Eclipse, then read the review below, because as always, we are the best ones to unwind it. And if you want to buy the Dolce Gusto Eclipse, you can do it on Amazon from our website.

With the Dolce Gusto Eclipse, Nestlé’s brand followed the same precepts and guidelines it used with the Drop and Stelia coffee machines: automatic coffee machines (not manual), with a spectacular design, even futuristic, and with a price well above what is usual for the brand.

Has this coffee maker been successful in the saturated market? Yes, It did! The Dolce Gusto range of capsule coffee machines is beginning to be very crowded (there are more than ten models), and this means that some will have to be discontinued, while others will necessarily start to drop in price.

The Dolce Gusto Eclipse coffee machine has 15 bars of pressure, a 1-litre reservoir, and a useful tank where used capsules are stored so that the user does not have to wait to remove the remains of the capsules every time he makes a coffee.

Dolce Gusto Eclipse: Automatic Opening and Touch Panel

Dolce Gusto always introduces some new element in every model. The Dolce Gusto Eclipse is no exception, and apart from its eye-catching appearance, what is most striking about this Dolce Gusto coffee machine is its automatic opening function.

It means that when we switch on our Dolce Gusto Eclipse with the On/Off switch, the coffee machine opens and automatically moves to the beverage preparation position. All you have to do is pour a capsule in and press the coffee extraction button. When it is finished, however, we have to close it manually.

Does a Dolce Gusto coffee makeropen” or “close“? Well, if this concept has caught your attention, we are sure you will understand it correctly by looking at the photos that illustrate this article. The Eclipse coffee maker, when turned off, is shaped like an utterly closed ellipse. We don’t see any accessible compartment to put our capsule inside.

However, when we activate it, one of the segments of the ellipse turns around and shows its interior. That’s where we have to put the capsule to enjoy our coffee.

Without a doubt, an original and innovative function, which fits perfectly with the touch control panel that also accompanies this Dolce Gusto Eclipse. A feature that only the previous Drop and Stelia coffee machines have within Dolce Gusto.

The touch panel consists of the power button, the hot water button and the cold water button, plus the 7-level green bar used to select the amount of water to be used in each capsule. This operating panel is located right on top of the coffee maker (the one that opens or closes when we turn it on).

Reasons to Buy the Dolce Gusto Eclipse: Energy Saving

Alongside the touch control panel and the automatic opening function, the third major new feature of this Dolce Gusto Eclipse is the energy-saving mode. Thanks to this, the coffee machine automatically switches to standby mode 5 minutes after it has finished using it.

So you don’t have to worry if you get confused and forget to turn it off, because the machine will stop spending energy when it has been idle for 5 minutes.

Unlike other Dolce Gusto models, the Eclipse coffee machine comes in only two colours: silver-grey and black. This time we do not find the characteristic red tones of other Dolce Gusto coffee machines, nor the white relief that is also present in many of the firm’s models.

De'Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse Touch, Single Serve Capsule Coffee Machine, EDG736S, Silver
De'Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse Touch, Single Serve Capsule Coffee Machine, EDG736S, Silver
Automatic opening - press on/off icon; Machine automatically opens to beverage preparation position

Dolce Gusto Eclipse: General Features

  • Capsule coffee maker with 15 bar pressure pump
  • Available in two colours: silver, grey and black.
  • 100% touch screen control panel.
  • Coffee extraction button with hot (red) or cold (blue) water.
  • Water heating system: Thermoblock.
  • Energy-saving function: the coffee maker goes into idle mode (low consumption) after 5 minutes of non-use.
  • The coffee maker opens automatically after pressing the Power button.
  • Drip tray with adjustable height in three positions (which allows us to use different sizes of glasses or cups).
  • Includes a large compartment where used capsules are deposited. It must be emptied every 8-10 services approximately.
  • Removable and transparent water tank, with a capacity of 1 litre.
  • Manual operation (Dolce Gusto Play&Select system). No need to stop the coffee extraction: the coffee maker knows how much water to use according to the level we have previously indicated.
  • Includes two years of manufacturer’s guarantee.
  • Weight: just over 3.5 kilograms.
  • Dimensions: 43 x 39 x 29 cms.
  • Power: 1000 watts.

Advantages of the Dolce Gusto Eclipse

  • The automatic opening and the touch panel make the Dolce Gusto Eclipse a very easy to use coffee machine.
  • Its design, vaguely reminiscent of the mythical Circolo, is beautiful and quite groundbreaking.
  • The automatic energy-saving function.
  • The size of the water tank (1 litre) is above average for Dolce Gusto coffee machines.

Disadvantages of the Dolce Gusto Eclipse

  • Its starting price, over 150 pounds, is quite high. We hope that in time it will drop to match the rest.
  • It is a bulky machine, which takes up slightly more space than is desirable in small kitchens.
  • A detail that remains unresolved conveniently by the brand: the level of the tank filling is not always readily visible without having to turn the coffee machine or make some foreshortening.

Dolce Gusto Eclipse: Videos

To get to know the Dolce Gusto Eclipse coffee maker better, there’s nothing better than first seeing the official presentation of the model, courtesy of the firm itself:

And here is an interesting demonstration of use, where we can also see the large size of this coffee maker compared to other Dolce Gusto models such as the Circolo:

Why buy a Dolce Gusto Eclipse online?

As always, when a new Dolce Gusto coffee maker comes on the market, we have mixed feelings about this Dolce Gusto Eclipse. On the one hand, there is no doubt that it is a magnificent capsule coffee maker, objectively the best Dolce Gusto coffee maker if we consider its performance.

But on the other hand, we find that its starting price, being the most recent model, is very high, and the differences concerning previous models (automatic opening of the capsule box, energy-saving) are not essential but rather complementary. Is the price difference worth it? That is the question.

As always, it is possible that as the years go by, these coffee machines begin to drop in price. Then they will become a more competitive option within a segment of coffee machines (that of coffee capsules) that is increasingly saturated and with more alternatives.

In the meantime, it can also be a perfect occasion to see if the previous models – Dolce Gusto Drop and Dolce Gusto Stelia – will come down in price. It will be convenient to keep an eye on them.

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